Camp Lincoln (5)
Camp Lincoln (5) (1862-1862) - A U.S. Civil War Camp established in 1862 in Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa. Named Camp Lincoln in Iowa G.O. 84, 11 Aug 1862, after President Abraham Lincoln. Abandoned later in 1862.
Camp Lincoln was one of four U.S. Civil War mustering camps established at Keokuk, Iowa in response to President Lincoln's calls for volunteers from the state of Iowa. The War department selected Keokuk because of it's easy access to the Mississippi River and excellent steamboat landing facilities. Regiments formed at Keokuk could be transported downriver to military cantonments in St. Louis via steamboat in about 24 hours while sick and injured soldiers could be brought back to one of the five hospitals established here by those same steamboats.
Iowa Adjutant General Nathaniel Baker announced the establishment of Camp Lincoln and named it by Iowa General Order 84 on 11 Aug 1862.
The three regiments of Iowa Infantry listed below were formed and mustered in at Camp Lincoln.
19th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment
The 19th Iowa was the first Regiment to organize at Camp Lincoln. By 23 Aug there were eleven companies formed with some 1052 men from Lee, Jefferson, Washington, Louisa, and Van Buren counties. The 19th was mustered into Federal service on 25 Aug 1862.
The 19th Iowa was mustered out of service three years later on 10 Jul 1865 at Mobile Alabama. During their three years of service, the Regiment lost 6 Officers and 86 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 98 Enlisted men by disease. Total 192.
30th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment
The 30th Iowa organized at Camp Lincoln and mustered in on 20 Sep 1862. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., on 25 Oct 1862.
At the end of the war, the 30th marched to Washington, D.C., and participated in the Grand Review there on 24 May 1865. Mustered out on 5 Jun 1865.
During their almost three years of service, the Regiment lost 8 Officers and 65 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 241 Enlisted men by disease. Total of 317.
36th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment
The 36th Iowa organized at Camp Lincoln and mustered in on 4 Oct 1862. Later in the fall of 1862, a smallpox epidemic at the camp took the lives of about 100 men. Ordered to Memphis, Tn.in December 1862.
During their almost three years of service, the Regiment lost 1 Officer and 64 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 6 Officers and 232 Enlisted men by disease. Total of 303.
No visible remains markers or monuments. The exact site is not known and the GPS coordinates were developed from a somewhat vague written description and represent the best guess.
Rand Park area at 18th Street just south of Lexington Grove
Visited: 8 Aug 2020 Area